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Trump jets to White House as Senate rejects $2K stimulus checks

Trump jets to White House as Senate rejects $2K stimulus checks
GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pronounced Trump’s bigger checks as dead on arrival even thought Democrats say they have the 60 votes needed to pass it.

President Trump (Evan Vucci/AP) GOP Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pronounced Trump’s bigger checks as dead on arrival even thought Democrats say they believe they could amass the 60 votes needed to pass it.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KEVIN DIETSCH/AP) McConnell rejected that move, claiming that the stimulus payments would have to be passed in a package with two unrelated Trump demands: a commission to probe his unfounded claims of voter fraud and repealing liability protections for social media companies.Trump has spent more than a week demanding that lawmakers increase the amount of the checks from the $600 that his own negotiators agreed to in a $908 billion compromise spending package.But he quickly pivoted to demanding a new measure to increase the amount of the checks.

President Trump was set to jet back to the White House on New Year’s Eve Thursday after the Republican Senate rejected his demands for $2,000 COVID stimulus checks.After resisting for days, the president relented and signed the relief package.

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